2013 Intro: Zach Lavine

Zach Lavine, a very talented scorer from the Pacific Northwest, has picked up multiple offers from West Coast programs...

Zach Lavine, 6-0 JR SG/PG Bothell (Wash.) High, is a big-time scorer and one of the elite prospects in the class of 2013. He is reminiscent of a young Steph Curry, both in terms of his appearance and his game. Like Curry, Lavine is baby-faced and very slender. He's nowhere close to mature physically and likely won't be for several years. And, like Curry, he's a gifted scorer with a point guard's size. He's got a very good stroke, with a quick release, and a remarkable ability to get on balance for his shot from anywhere on the court. It's quite possible that Lavine will end up playing the one down the road – that will likely be his best position to defend – but he's such a talented scorer that he could end up playing off the ball.

I spoke with Lavine recently and asked about the schools that have been recruiting him to date.

"Washington and Washington State have probably been on me the hardest," said Lavine. "Texas has been showing some interest lately and Cal and Gonzaga have also been recruiting me."

I asked Lavine which schools have extended scholarship offers.

"Washington and Washington State have," said Lavine. "I'm pretty sure Cal and Gonzaga have also. And then there are a bunch of other schools from smaller conferences that have offered."

Lavine talked a little about the issues he will consider when choosing a school.

"I will be looking at the campus and the environment," said Lavine. "I'd like to be able to play early. The location doesn't really matter too much. I'm used to Washington, but I'm open to staying close or going away."

Lavine has been on an unofficial visit to Washington State and said he may soon visit Gonzaga. I asked him if he has any other schools in mind that he'd like to visit.

"I'd definitely like to visit UCLA," said Lavine. "I have a ton of family down there. They sent me a letter and I'd love to go down there and check it out."

Lavine said he has a time frame in mind for when he'd like to make his decision.

"I'd like to commit sometime around the spring next year," said Lavine.

Lavine said he has a 2.9 GPA.

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